There’s only a week to go until real Orioles baseball, but there’s still a few exhibition games to get through first, including this afternoon against the Red Sox. This is the last Orioles spring game that will be televised, though three of the final four games, including this one, will be on the radio in Baltimore, so at least there’s that.
This late in spring training, especially with a home game, we are getting to the point where lineups are going to look very Opening Day-ish, at least as far as who is in them, if not in the batting order. Chris Davis is leading off on this particular day, which is probably a “get him the extra at-bat” measure since he missed time due to his forearm problem.
The game also represents a final audition for Mike Wright Jr. to be the guy who makes a couple of starts while newly-signed Alex Cobb is building up his innings in the minors. I would guess he’s probably the favorite to do that. He might even stick around as a long reliever after that. There may not be a lot still to settle for this roster, but there are a lot of choices for most of the parts that are unsettled.
Here’s how they line up today, at least until the later innings when the mass substitutions start:
- Chris Davis - 1B
- Manny Machado - 3B
- Jonathan Schoop - 2B
- Adam Jones - CF
- Trey Mancini - LF
- Colby Rasmus - RF
- Tim Beckham - 3B
- Chance Sisco - C
- Anthony Santander - DH
Scheduled to pitch behind Wright this afternoon are Mychal Givens, Pedro Araujo, and Joely Rodriguez.